The OpenGL drivers are still not as matured as I’d like it to be, and there are certainly a lot more that could be done to improve the OpenGL performance. Before we start counting the chicks before they hatch, let’s look at the results first. I had no problems whatsoever even when changing from one version of the driver to the other, although Matrox did recommend to fully uninstall the previous driver before installing the new version. Handy tool if you need to magnify a certain area of your screen. No hiccups and no glitches.
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This is another plus to gaming enjoyment as opposed to increased frame rates.
Matrox Millennium G400 graphics card – MGA G400 – 16 MB Series
The TNT2-Ultra driver version was the reference driver version 2. MGA-G processor added a second pixel pipeline, hardware transform and lighting, and the HeadCasting Engine, a hardware implementation of a vertex shader for accelerated matrix palette skinning. However, it does require you to fix a certain region code before you could start playing your favourite movies.
Even with initial driver difficulties, Matrox G was very competitive. Unfortunately, because of the identical core clock and due to lower memory bandwidth, G was slower than G in games. The G Max is not far behind and leads in the remaining tests.
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Boards shipped with dual analog VGA connectors. This is the first thing that you will notice upon rebooting your machine after the installation of the drivers.
Matrox was known for their quality analog display output on prior cards and the G is no exception. Matrox G drivers 5.
This is perhaps one of the most desirable feature ever placed into a single graphic card, dual display capabilities. I did not try all software DVD players to see if it works, but if it is able to output my Southpark episodes full screen on the TV using Windows Media Player, I don’t see why other softwares cannot do the same.
This meant that the primary monitor could run much higher resolutions and refresh rates than the secondary.
Other options are self explanatory. Numerous tabs on the display properties window is available for you to configure each option. Let’s take a look at how these three cards perform in Quake II. Unfortunately, I was not able to capture any screen shots of the movies that I tested.
However, do note that the Max version only began shipping in the US sometime mid of August. On the other hand, if you compare the framerates at both and Mhz, the performance was almost on par, and only a few framerates away from each other as compared to the TNT2 Ultra. If you compare the Quake II demo1 and demo2 framerates for the G Max benchmarked using the Pentium II in the previous table above, you would find the framerates much higher than using the P!!!
Good utility to have to help check if you have all the latest softwares installed.
However, the boxed retail version for the GMax have only just arrived. This was the same as G In addition, the card also support the AGP matrod architecture, although it is still compatible with the older AGP 2x standard. In addition, framerates also differed by only a few frames millenbium different resolution settings, unlike millenniuj TNT2 Ultra.
The DualHead Clone option is perfect for presentations where the image on your display monitor is replicated on the other output which can be connected to a large projector. Beta drivers are not supported by Matrox Graphics Technical Support. Again you are given the choice to set the quality of the picture reproduced on your TV.
The DualHead capability not only offered desktop widening but also desktop cloning two screens showing the same thing and a special “DVDMAX” mode which outputs video overlays onto the second monitor.
The gaming possibilities are endless.
Matrox G – Wikipedia
This is provided that you have set the DVDMax option to scale the movies into full screen. The DualHead display offers a wide range of possibilities, for both gamers and professionals alike. Perhaps the most notable feature of G is its ability to drive two separate monitors to display a single desktop.
Handy tool if you need to magnify a certain area of your screen.